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RATINGS: 1885   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
When reading the name “Stone Cali-Belgique IPA”, “Cali” hints that it is a California style IPA, and this brew has an undeniable Belgian influence, indicated by the word “Belgique” (which is how Belgium’s French-speaking population says the word “Belgian”; the Dutch speaking Belgians say “Belgie”). We carefully selected a Belgian yeast strain that illuminates a fascinating new aspect of the beer that is otherwise quite simply Stone IPA.

The result is both completely new and different, while still being recognizable as a Stone Brew – and Stone IPA in particular. Think of it as an otherwise identical twin to Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgian culture. Literally.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Style; glass: IPA; tulip 22 fl oz x 6.9% ABV = 151.8 / 60 = 2.53 beers * 150 C = 379.5 calories (est.) Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville for $7.99 Aroma: sweet, banana and cloves, some citrusy hops, pine, grass. Visuals: packaging is beautiful, though screen printing always seems to be coming off the bottle. It gives the brand a bit of crumbly marble style, though I wonder if it’s intentional? Perhaps the most brilliant IPA I’ve ever seen, absolutely crystal clear. Like the final scene in THX 1138, it’s that bright sunlight. Golden, pale, transparent, bright white head, sticky fresh Belgian lace. Carbonation is continuous. Taste: Delicious, sweet, and hoppy. A great blend, very much in the spirit of Chouffe’s Hobblon Dobblen (sp?). Expertly balanced, nice easygoing maltiness, great hops. Perhaps my favorite new session brew. Palate: Crisp, clean, and refreshing. A dream of fusion of two of my favorite styles. I hope they develop an imperial of this. Starts very sweet, crisp, middle has a bit of a burn and slight roastiness, finish is hops and bitterness with a salty sweet end note. Amazing. Overall: In terms of lighter brews and more reasonable ABVs, this is a clear winner, and easily my favorite IPA at the moment, and very much a favorite all around, though my top honor still goes to Mikkeller for Black. I’m going to get more, soon. Stone, just keep them coming, and please consider an imperial version of this. originally posted at: <a href="http://beercritic.wordpress.com/"&


3.2
wheresthepath (2334) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2017
Can from Beer52. Gold with a white head and a pleasant frothy fizz. Smells of Belgian banana yeast and lemon. The banana yeast is to the fore in the flavour as well, with orange, grass, mint and spice too. It’s very dry and mildly bitter. I just don’t like that banana in an IPA; although I appreciate it’s well executed it’s really not my sort of beer and my least favourite of the 6 Stone beers that Beer52 sent me.

3.3
victorsampson96 (103) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2017
(330 ml can) Pours a slightly hazy straw-golden beer, with fine carbonation, and a large dense white head. The Belgian yeast aromas come through straight away: banana, cloves, and sourdough bread. This is backed by a strong base of fresh malt. The classic west coast aromas come through just behind: lemon, caster sugar and grapefruit. The flavour is medium-sweet, but has a distinctive dry-tart finish, enhanced by the light, slick mouthfeel of the beer. This is an interesting Belgian-Californian crossover. The Belgian yeast clearly adds a new dimension to what would otherwise be a fairly ordinary APA. Overall, it’s a happy marriage - characterful and refreshing.

3.3
sebsky (88) - ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2017
330 ml can (Berlin) @home,canned 17/05/2017,bb 11/02/2018. Golden,clear,quickly disappearing head,minimal lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and some other citrus with basement undertones. Taste is citrus and bitter hops. Well hidden alcohol.

3.7
artemb (1003) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUL 14, 2017
Amber hazy, unstable head. Aroma: spicy belgian esters, bergamot orange, apricotes. Spicy and hoppy bitterness. Flavour: black pepper, zest, fruits. Very good.

3.9
MarcinG (867) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2017
Puszja 330ml. Ladny zloty kolor. Piana biala,obfita o drobnych pecherzykach. Utrzymuje sie w szkle.wcaromacie zdecydowane nuty owocowe: marakuja,banany ,mango. W smaku wiecej chmielu i delikatnej sosny .goryczka tlumi owocowa slodkosc.lekkie drozdze w tle lecz nie przeszkadzaja w calosci.

3.9
redders1974 (1472) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2017
Lends itself more to a belgium strong ale than an ipa to me but what do i know? Interesting beer non the less bready hoppy big belgium influence tasty.

3.6
yy0pp (1516) - - JUL 2, 2017
Can. Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma - Tropical, fruity, floral, yeasty, malty. Taste - Medium bitterness, medium sweetness, lightly sour, pine, yeast, clove, fruit.

3.5
kingstoni (2088) - FINLAND - JUN 29, 2017
Can. Hazy deep golden color with a medium sized foamy off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit and bites if honey. Sweet and bitter taste. Medium body. A bit sticky feel.

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4.1
Davros IX (359) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2017
Can at home. A very nice beer that I would describe as an American IPA, but with more body and interest. Which is probably what they were intending. A very nice, bitter hop flavour with a smooth mouthfeel. A dark colour, stong hop aroma and a welcome hit of alcohol. This is definitely one to revisit.

3.2
KW92 (1593) - Warszawa (Warsaw), POLAND - JUN 18, 2017

Puszka z datą : 08.2017
AROMAT : Intensywny. Chmielowe. Głownie nuty ziołowo-karmelowe. W tle nuty cytrusowe, mniej drożdżowe (fenole).
SMAK : Mocno drożdżowe (fenole). Niezła podbudowa słodowa. Dosyć wysokie nasycenie Posmak cytrusowy z domieszką drożdży. Goryczka wysoka, nieco zalegająca.
WYGLĄD : Barwa jasnozłota, opalizujące. Piana niska, krótka.
OGÓLNIE : Po raz kolejny sprawdza się zasada, że piwa mocno chmielone (nawet te w puszce) należy pić świeże.


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